Farewell concert Fabio Luisi
Farewell concert Fabio Luisi
Fabio Luisi was General Music Director of the Opernhaus Zürich for nine years and had a decisive influence on the musical tone of the house. His Verdi interpretations, his cycle of operas by Vincenzo Bellini and his forays through the symphonic-romantic repertoire in the Philharmonic concerts are unforgettable. Now Luisi is giving his farewell concert on the podium of the Philharmonia Zurich. Originally, he had programmed Gustav Mahler's Ninth Symphony for this concert. But since a Mahler line-up is too large for the Corona protections, he is now conducting Anton Bruckner's Seventh Symphony.
We are streaming this concert live from the Opernhaus Zürich as a tribute to our outgoing General Music Director and thus want to give all those who cannot be present at the Opera House the opportunity to experience the musical farewell of this great conductor. In order to provide digital listeners with an experience comparable to that of the live audience, the Zurich Opera House is using audio technology familiar from the gaming sector for the first time in this concert. As an additional feature, 3D sound will be transmitted, bringing the full sound of the house to the headphones and giving listeners the impression of being right in the middle of the action and experiencing Bruckner's Seventh more intensely through the 360-degree sound.
Innovative 3D-Audio Technology
Music of the future for a farewell concert
Alongside the interpretation, what is the most important aspect of a concert? The sound. Sound transmits both intensity and emotion. Sound is formed by the space it fills, by the performers, and by the audience. During the pandemic, digital formats have helped provide audience members at home with some of the aspects of live performance. Now, in order to bring audiences even closer, the Opernhaus Zürich will present something brand new to classical audiences.
For Fabio Luisi’s farewell concert on June 19, streaming viewers will be able to choose between stereo sound and 3D sound. This 3D audio technology comes from the gaming and virtuality reality sectors. Its use for a symphonic concert breaks completely new ground.
This 3D sound provides audiences with a listening experience that is strikingly more realistic, one that also factors in the performance space and those in it. It takes the familiar stereo sound from left and right, and adds in the space above, below, and all around. Listeners are surrounded by a «Klangkugel», or «sound sphere», that envelopes them, giving them the impression that they’re in the middle of the action, immersed in 360-degree sound. The only prerequisite is the use of headphones. And with over-ear models, you’ll get the full experience.
Technology Partner Illusonic GmbH, Uster
Fabio Luisi, Musical director
Fabio Luisi hails from Genoa. He is the general music director of the Opernhaus Zürich, the principal conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and music director designate of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a post he will take up in 2020. From 2011-2017, Fabio Luisi was principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and from 2005-2013 principal conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker, as well as general music director of the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Sächsische Staatsoper (2007-2010), artistic director and principal conductor of the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig (1999-2007), and music director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1997-2002). With the latter, he made numerous CD recordings (Poulenc, Respighi, Mahler, Liszt, a recording of the complete symphonic works of Arthur Honegger, and Verdi’s Jérusalem und Alzira). He is music director of the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca (Apulia) and has appeared as guest conductor with numerous renowned ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the NHK Tokio, the Münchener Philharmoniker, the Filarmonica della Scala, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam, and the Saito Kinen Orchestra, as well as with various prominent opera orchestras. He appeared at the Salzburg Festival with performances of Richard Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae und Die Ägyptische Helena. His most important appearances at the Opernhaus Zürich include, among others, the new productions of three Bellini operas, as well as Rigoletto, Fidelio, Wozzeck and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. Important CD recordings include Verdi’s Aroldo, Bellini’s I puritani and I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and the complete symphonies of Robert Schumann, as well as the symphonies and the oratorio Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln by Franz Schmidt, the largely forgotten Austrian composer. In addition, he has recorded various symphonic poems by Richard Strauss, and a lauded reading of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 with the Staatskapelle Dresden. His recordings of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra won Grammy awards. He received the Premio Franco Abbiati, the coveted Italian critics’ prize, in 2013, and in 2014 won the Grifo d’Oro from the city of Genoa. He was awarded the Anton Bruckner Ring by the Wiener Symphoniker, and is a Cavalier of the Italian Republic. The «Philharmonia Records» recording label, founded by the Philharmonia Zürich in 2015, has issued CD recordings of works by Berlioz, Wagner, Verdi, Rachmaninoff, Bruckner, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Frank Martin under Fabio Luisi’s musical director, as well as DVD records of Rigoletto (stage direction: Tatjana Gürbaca), Wozzeck (stage direction: Andreas Homoki), I Capuleti e i Montecchi (stage direction: Christof Loy), the Messa da Requiem (stage direction /choreography: Christian Spuck), and Das Land des Lächelns (stage direction: Andreas Homoki).